Emergency Hearing Held On MTA Overtime Costs


The MTA is holding an emergency meeting on Friday to address overtime costs for employees.

A report out last week by the Empire Center found that MTA overtime costs reached $1.3 billion last year, up more than $100 million from the previous year. That included more than $300,000 in overtime for a single worker.

“It’s unacceptable and the MTA has to do a better job of controlling its costs,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference earlier this week.

The emergency meeting was called for by Larry Schwartz, who was appointed to the MTA board by Governor Cuomo.

The news of increasing overtime costs comes as the MTA recently raised fares and tolls. It also comes on the heels of the state approving congestion pricing for New York City, which will charge drivers for traveling south of 60th Street in Manhattan.

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